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The English Anthem Collection, Vol. 1 / Harper - Magdalen College Choir Oxford

Audio Samples

>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
>     "Let not Thy wrath" & "O Lord, turn thy wrath"), motet for 5 voices (SAT
>Byrd, William : Teach me, O Lord
>Byrd, William : Exalt thyself, O God, anthem for 6 voices
>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Out of the deep I, anthem for 6 voices
>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Nolo mortem peccatoris, anthem for 4 voices
>Farmer, John : The Lord's Prayer
>Farrant, Richard : Hide Not Thou Thy Face for chorus
>Wilder, Philip van : Blessed art Thou, anthem for chorus
>Tye, Christopher : I will exalt Thee, anthem for chorus
>Tallis, Thomas : I call and cry to thee
>Tallis, Thomas : Purge me, O Lord
>     "Fond youth is but a bubble"), anthem for 4 voices
>Tallis, Thomas : O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit, anthem for 4 voices
>Sheppard, John : The Lord's prayer
>Byrd, William : Sing joyfully unto God our strength
>Gibbons, Orlando : O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not
>Gibbons, Orlando : O Lord, I lift my heart to thee, anthem for 5 voices
>Weelkes, Thomas : Hosanna to the Son of David
>Weelkes, Thomas : O Lord, arise into thy resting place
>Tomkins, Thomas : Then David Mourned, for 5 voices & organ
>Tomkins, Thomas : O Praise the Lord All Ye Heathen
>Blow, John : My God, my God, look upon me, full anthem for chorus & organ
>Purcell, Henry : I was glad when they said unto me, anthem for 5 voices & continuo (prev. attrib. to John Blow)
>Purcell, Henry : Hear my prayer, O Lord
>Purcell, Henry : O God, Thou hast cast us out, anthem for 2 sopranos, 2 altos, tenor, bass, 6-part chorus & organ, Z.
>Purcell, Henry : Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z 50
>Croft, William : God Is Gone Up with a Merry Noise
>Green, Maurice : Lord, Let Me Know Mine End, anthem for chorus
>Boyce, William : O Where Shall Wisdom Be Found, anthem
>Battishill, Jonathan : O Lord, Look Down from Heaven, anthem for chorus & organ
>Attwood, Thomas : Come, Holy Ghost, hymn
>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : Blessed be the God and Father
>Ouseley, Frederick Arthur Gore : Is it nothing to you?, anthem for chorus
>Ouseley, Frederick Arthur Gore : O Saviour of the World, for chorus & organ
>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : The Wilderness and the Solitary Place, for chorus & organ
>Stainer, John : I saw the Lord
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Lord Is My Shepherd
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Glorious and Powerful God, Op. 135/3
>Parry, Charles H. : Songs of Farewell (6) for chorus
>     no 1, My soul, there is a country
>Wood, Charles : O Thou, the central orb
>Wood, Charles : Hail, gladdening light
>Wood, Charles : Expectans Expectavi
>Bairstow, Edward : Blessed city, heavenly Salem
>Bairstow, Edward : Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence for chorus & orchestra/organ
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Greater Love Hath No Man, motet for treble, baritone, chorus & organ
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Whitsunday Hymn ("Come, Holy Spirite, most blessed Lorde"), for baritone or tenor, chorus & orchestr
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Welcome, sweet and sacred feast, anthem for chorus, Op. 27/3
>Holst, Gustav : The Evening-watch, for chorus, Op. 43/1, H. 159
>Howells, Herbert : Anthems (4) for Chorus
>Walton, William : Set me as a seal upon thine heart
>Stewart, Roy James : King of Glory, King of Peace, anthem for chorus
>Rose, Bernard : Praise ye the Lord, anthem for chorus
>Joubert, John : O Lorde, the Maker of All Things, anthem for chorus & organ, Op 7b
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a
>Harris, William H. : Bring Us, O Lord God, for chorus
>Harvey, Jonathan : Come Holy Ghost, plainsong hymn
>Harvey, Jonathan : The Tree, for chorus & organ
>Howells, Herbert : Thee will I love
>Howells, Herbert : Come, My Soul for chorus
>Berkeley, Lennox : Thou hast made me, for chorus & organ, Op. 55/1
>Tavener, John : Hymns (2) to the Mother of God
>     Hymn to the Mother of God
>Bennett, Richard R. : Verses, for chorus
>Harper, John : Salve regina, for chorus
>Harper, John : Ubi caritas, for chorus
>Leighton, Kenneth : Drop, Drop, Slow Tears
>Leighton, Kenneth : Give Me the Wings of Faith, for soloists, chorus & organ

Album Summary

>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum
>Byrd, William : Teach me, O Lord
>Byrd, William : Exalt thyself, O God, anthem for 6 voices
>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Out of the deep I, anthem for 6 voices
>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Nolo mortem peccatoris, anthem for 4 voices
>Farmer, John : The Lord's Prayer
>Farrant, Richard : Hide Not Thou Thy Face for chorus
>Wilder, Philip van : Blessed art Thou, anthem for chorus
>Tye, Christopher : I will exalt Thee, anthem for chorus
>Tallis, Thomas : I call and cry to thee
>Tallis, Thomas : Purge me, O Lord
>Tallis, Thomas : O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit, anthem for 4 voices
>Sheppard, John : The Lord's prayer
>Byrd, William : Sing joyfully unto God our strength
>Gibbons, Orlando : O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not
>Gibbons, Orlando : O Lord, I lift my heart to thee, anthem for 5 voices
>Weelkes, Thomas : Hosanna to the Son of David
>Weelkes, Thomas : O Lord, arise into thy resting place
>Tomkins, Thomas : Then David Mourned, for 5 voices & organ
>Tomkins, Thomas : O Praise the Lord All Ye Heathen
>Blow, John : My God, my God, look upon me, full anthem for chorus & organ
>Purcell, Henry : I was glad when they said unto me, anthem for 5 voices & continuo (prev. attrib. to John Blow)
>Purcell, Henry : Hear my prayer, O Lord
>Purcell, Henry : O God, Thou hast cast us out, anthem for 2 sopranos, 2 altos, tenor, bass, 6-part chorus & organ, Z.
>Purcell, Henry : Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z 50
>Croft, William : God Is Gone Up with a Merry Noise
>Green, Maurice : Lord, Let Me Know Mine End, anthem for chorus
>Boyce, William : O Where Shall Wisdom Be Found, anthem
>Battishill, Jonathan : O Lord, Look Down from Heaven, anthem for chorus & organ
>Attwood, Thomas : Come, Holy Ghost, hymn
>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : Blessed be the God and Father
>Ouseley, Frederick Arthur Gore : Is it nothing to you?, anthem for chorus
>Ouseley, Frederick Arthur Gore : O Saviour of the World, for chorus & organ
>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : The Wilderness and the Solitary Place, for chorus & organ
>Stainer, John : I saw the Lord
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Lord Is My Shepherd
>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Glorious and Powerful God, Op. 135/3
>Parry, Charles H. : Songs of Farewell (6) for chorus
>Wood, Charles : O Thou, the central orb
>Wood, Charles : Hail, gladdening light
>Wood, Charles : Expectans Expectavi
>Bairstow, Edward : Blessed city, heavenly Salem
>Bairstow, Edward : Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence for chorus & orchestra/organ
>Ireland, John [Composer] : Greater Love Hath No Man, motet for treble, baritone, chorus & organ
>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Whitsunday Hymn ("Come, Holy Spirite, most blessed Lorde"), for baritone or tenor, chorus & orchestr
>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Welcome, sweet and sacred feast, anthem for chorus, Op. 27/3
>Holst, Gustav : The Evening-watch, for chorus, Op. 43/1, H. 159
>Howells, Herbert : Anthems (4) for Chorus
>Walton, William : Set me as a seal upon thine heart
>Stewart, Roy James : King of Glory, King of Peace, anthem for chorus
>Rose, Bernard : Praise ye the Lord, anthem for chorus
>Joubert, John : O Lorde, the Maker of All Things, anthem for chorus & organ, Op 7b
>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a
>Harris, William H. : Bring Us, O Lord God, for chorus
>Harvey, Jonathan : Come Holy Ghost, plainsong hymn
>Harvey, Jonathan : The Tree, for chorus & organ
>Howells, Herbert : Thee will I love
>Howells, Herbert : Come, My Soul for chorus
>Berkeley, Lennox : Thou hast made me, for chorus & organ, Op. 55/1
>Tavener, John : Hymns (2) to the Mother of God
>Bennett, Richard R. : Verses, for chorus
>Harper, John : Salve regina, for chorus
>Harper, John : Ubi caritas, for chorus
>Leighton, Kenneth : Drop, Drop, Slow Tears
>Leighton, Kenneth : Give Me the Wings of Faith, for soloists, chorus & organ
Conductor Ensembles Composers

Notes & Reviews:

A superb collection of English liturgical music spanning 450 years of Anthems, from Tallis, Byrd, and Gibbons to the present day. 67 magnificent tracks, totaling five hours, in a handsome four-disc set!

"High overall standard... An astonishing achievement... These look back to the very roots of English church music... They bring a powerfully committed response from the Magdalen Choristers and the whole program is superbly sung in what is surely an ideal acoustic." -Penguin Guide, 3 Stars

"This anthology strikes a blow for progress... The English anthem comes of age at last." -Gramophone

Notes & Reviews:

Recording information: Magdalen College Chapel.



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>Byrd, William : Liber primus sacrarum cantionum :: "Let not Thy wrath" & "O Lord, turn thy wrath"), motet for 5 voices (SAT
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Ensemble: Magdalen College Choir Oxford
  • Running Time: 8 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Teach me, O Lord
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Byrd, William : Exalt thyself, O God, anthem for 6 voices
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 43 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Out of the deep I, anthem for 6 voices
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Morley, Thomas [Composer] : Nolo mortem peccatoris, anthem for 4 voices
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 2 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Farmer, John : The Lord's Prayer
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 1 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Farrant, Richard : Hide Not Thou Thy Face for chorus
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 1 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Wilder, Philip van : Blessed art Thou, anthem for chorus
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 2 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tye, Christopher : I will exalt Thee, anthem for chorus
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 5 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tallis, Thomas : I call and cry to thee
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 46 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: 1575

>Tallis, Thomas : Purge me, O Lord :: "Fond youth is but a bubble"), anthem for 4 voices
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 1 min. 56 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tallis, Thomas : O Lord, give thy Holy Spirit, anthem for 4 voices
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 1 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1570

>Sheppard, John : The Lord's prayer
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 50 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Byrd, William : Sing joyfully unto God our strength
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Written: circa 1590

>Gibbons, Orlando : O Lord, in thy wrath rebuke me not
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Gibbons, Orlando : O Lord, I lift my heart to thee, anthem for 5 voices
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 1 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : Hosanna to the Son of David
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 2 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Weelkes, Thomas : O Lord, arise into thy resting place
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 16 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance

>Tomkins, Thomas : Then David Mourned, for 5 voices & organ
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Tomkins, Thomas : O Praise the Lord All Ye Heathen
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 9 sec.
  • Period Time: Renaissance
  • Form: Choral

>Blow, John : My God, my God, look upon me, full anthem for chorus & organ
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 34 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1697

>Purcell, Henry : I was glad when they said unto me, anthem for 5 voices & continuo (prev. attrib. to John Blow)
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 21 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: 1685

>Purcell, Henry : Hear my prayer, O Lord
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 2 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Written: circa 1681

>Purcell, Henry : O God, Thou hast cast us out, anthem for 2 sopranos, 2 altos, tenor, bass, 6-part chorus & organ, Z.
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1681

>Purcell, Henry : Remember not, Lord, our offences, Z 50
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 7 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: circa 1681

>Croft, William : God Is Gone Up with a Merry Noise
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral

>Green, Maurice : Lord, Let Me Know Mine End, anthem for chorus
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 6 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Baroque
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1725-1730

>Boyce, William : O Where Shall Wisdom Be Found, anthem
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 7 min. 4 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1769

>Battishill, Jonathan : O Lord, Look Down from Heaven, anthem for chorus & organ
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Classical
  • Form: Choral

>Attwood, Thomas : Come, Holy Ghost, hymn
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : Blessed be the God and Father
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 8 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1833/1884

>Ouseley, Frederick Arthur Gore : Is it nothing to you?, anthem for chorus
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 3 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Ouseley, Frederick Arthur Gore : O Saviour of the World, for chorus & organ
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 2 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Wesley, Samuel Sebastian : The Wilderness and the Solitary Place, for chorus & organ
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 14 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Written: 1832

>Stainer, John : I saw the Lord
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 7 min. 44 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic
  • Form: Choral

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : The Lord Is My Shepherd
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 10 min. 33 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1886

>Stanford, Charles Villiers : Glorious and Powerful God, Op. 135/3
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Parry, Charles H. : Songs of Farewell (6) for chorus :: no 1, My soul, there is a country
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 58 sec.
  • Period Time: Romantic

>Wood, Charles : O Thou, the central orb
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: circa 1914-1915

>Wood, Charles : Hail, gladdening light
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 10 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1919

>Wood, Charles : Expectans Expectavi
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 18 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic

>Bairstow, Edward : Blessed city, heavenly Salem
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 9 min. 48 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1914

>Bairstow, Edward : Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence for chorus & orchestra/organ
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 25 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1925

>Ireland, John [Composer] : Greater Love Hath No Man, motet for treble, baritone, chorus & organ
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 6 min. 14 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1912

>Vaughan Williams, Ralph : Whitsunday Hymn ("Come, Holy Spirite, most blessed Lorde"), for baritone or tenor, chorus & orchestr
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 51 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1929

>Finzi, Gerald [Composer] : Welcome, sweet and sacred feast, anthem for chorus, Op. 27/3
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 8 min. 5 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Holst, Gustav : The Evening-watch, for chorus, Op. 43/1, H. 159
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 15 sec.
  • Period Time: Post Romantic
  • Written: 1924

>Howells, Herbert : Anthems (4) for Chorus
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 5 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1941

>Walton, William : Set me as a seal upon thine heart
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1938

>Stewart, Roy James : King of Glory, King of Peace, anthem for chorus
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 45 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Rose, Bernard : Praise ye the Lord, anthem for chorus
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 2 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral

>Joubert, John : O Lorde, the Maker of All Things, anthem for chorus & organ, Op 7b
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 39 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Form: Choral
  • Written: 1952

>Britten, Benjamin : Hymn to St Peter, Op. 56a
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 5 min. 36 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1955

>Harris, William H. : Bring Us, O Lord God, for chorus
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 20 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1959

>Harvey, Jonathan : Come Holy Ghost, plainsong hymn
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 6 min. 47 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1984

>Harvey, Jonathan : The Tree, for chorus & organ
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 12 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary

>Howells, Herbert : Thee will I love
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 5 min. 40 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1970

>Howells, Herbert : Come, My Soul for chorus
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1976

>Berkeley, Lennox : Thou hast made me, for chorus & organ, Op. 55/1
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 6 min. 22 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern
  • Written: 1960

>Tavener, John : Hymns (2) to the Mother of God :: Hymn to the Mother of God
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 26 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1985

>Bennett, Richard R. : Verses, for chorus
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 1 min. 41 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1964

>Harper, John : Salve regina, for chorus
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 37 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Form: Choral

>Harper, John : Ubi caritas, for chorus
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 4 min. 11 sec.
  • Period Time: Contemporary
  • Written: 1988

>Leighton, Kenneth : Drop, Drop, Slow Tears
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 3 min. 1 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern

>Leighton, Kenneth : Give Me the Wings of Faith, for soloists, chorus & organ
  • Conductor: John Harper
  • Running Time: 5 min. 8 sec.
  • Period Time: Modern